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A Midsummer Night’s Fling by Eliza Walker
The show must go on, but the price of admission could be her heart.
Sick of her vagabond life in a Broadway touring company, Nicola is ready to settle down. She wants nothing more than to park her suitcase in California, put out feelers for local auditions, and leave her past firmly behind her.
Too bad her past comes knocking on her door her first day home. All six-foot-three, beautiful man of her past named Max. Stupid Max. The mistake Nicola just can’t seem to stop making.
Even before Nicola—fiery, quick-witted, beautiful Nicola—slams the door in his face, Max is in trouble. She will always be the one who got away. Three times. Which makes convincing her to play Titania to his Oberon a bit…awkward.
Though she has zero desire to re-re-rekindle an old flame, Nicola can’t turn down the chance Max is offering: a lead role with the West Coast’s premiere Shakespeare company. But when their first rehearsal kiss disintegrates into a passionate liplock, she’s questioning her sanity and tempted to jump ship—before Max can break her heart again.
Now it’s up to Max to convince her that the torch he’s been carrying is actually an eternal flame.
A Midsummer Night’s Fling by Eliza Walker was an okay read. Honestly, I skipped pages because I became bored with the characters in the beginning. I didn’t feel their connection for the first half of the book.Towards the middle – end of the book I became interested in both Nicola and Max. We had passed the wishy-washy stage and moved in a solid direction.
I wish the characters had been developed quicker, but I’m glad that by the end of the story they were more well-rounded and likeable. I did like Max more than the heroine, mainly because she kept changing her mind about things with Max (see: wishy-washy). I liked Lachlan and the other theater members in the cast, as well as I liked the setting. I’ve never worked in theater, so this was a new concept for me with the backstage antics and goings-on.
Overall, A Midsummer Night’s Fling was slow going, but redeemed itself by the end. The characters grew on me throughout the story and I would give this author another read.